This innovative study develops a unified theory of literature by critically evaluating the categories of sanskrit poetics from a single theoretical standpoint that of rasa the theory that holds that poety is essentially emotive discourse. Literature Chariargues is defined not by the use of any formal linguistic devices but rather by the emotive meaning embodied is therefore the proper aim and the common denominator of all literary works.
V.K. Chari professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa received his degrees in sanskrit and english from Banaras Hindu University. He has taught English and American literature at universities in India the U.S., and Canada and is the author of whitman in the Light of Vedantic Mysticism.